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2014 Blues Awards on WKNO


See all the grit and glamour of the 35th annual Blues Awards on Public Television for the Mid-South. WKNO Channel 10 will broadcast the ceremonies on Tuesday, November 25th at 8:00 pm, repeating at 1:00 am. It also airs Wednesday, November 26th at 8:00 pm on WKNO2.

This annual event brings together top blues artists, industry reps, and fans from all over the world to Memphis every May to celebrate the year’s best blues recordings and performances.

photo by Echo Industries, Flickr
photo by Echo Industries, Flickr

If you weren’t able to attend this year’s event in person, it’s a great way to see the nation’s best blues musicians receive awards in 25 categories. The 90-minute program captures thirteen live performances from Charlie Musselwhite, James Cotton, Rory Block, Kim Wilson, Beth Hart, and many more. Where else would you be able to see so much smokin’ hot talent on one stage!

7151 Cherry Farms Road
Cordova, TN 38016


If you don’t live in the WKNO viewing area, you can still enjoy the program on a DVD/CD combo from the Blues Foundation for $25. The DVD includes additional performances by Rory Block, Anson Funderburgh, and Trudy Lynn that are not included on the companion live CD.

The Blues Foundation
421 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103-4464



Bridging the Blues Festival

photo by Voghtlanderr2, Flickr
photo by Voghtlanderr2, Flickr

If you are a blues lover, this is THE place to be for the annual Bridging the Blues Festival. Sponsored by three states– Mississippi, Arkansas, and Tennessee–the series of events celebrates the rich music and culture of the region.

There are numerous blues-themed events–many free of charge–that take place at museums, juke joints, casinos, and town squares. Even the buskers are great! Beale Street clubs in Memphis are celebrating the blues, of course, but find time to leave the city for some downhome music from area artists. Destination highlights include the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas, The Mighty Mississippi Music Festival in Greenville, Mississippi, and the popular Pinetop Perkins Homecoming at the Hopson Plantation near Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Bridging the Blues Festival

The festival runs from September 27th to October 13th so there is plenty of time to see your favorite musicians from the Delta. Here’s a sample from one of this year’s many headliners, Robert ‘Bilbo’ Walker:

Take a Blues Road Trip!

If you have a car, especially a big old Buick, you can also make the ultimate blues pilgrimage: tracking down gravesites of blues legends (including Robert Johnson) and exploring the 175 historic markers along the Mississippi Blues Trail.

photo by Reed Turley, Flickr
photo by Reed Turley, Flickr

A stunning number of blues artists–past and present–have roots in the Delta. In fact, more blues singers have come from the state of Mississippi than anywhere else! There must be something in the soil that fostered talent like Albert King, Charley Patton, Bukka White, Denise LaSalle, Elmore James, Honeboy Edwards, Johnny Winter, Pinetop Perkins, Howlin’ Wolf, James Cotton, Jessie Mae Hemphill, John Lee Hooker, Memphis Minnie, and many more.

photo by Victoria, Flickr
photo by Amy and Turgay, Flickr

Mississippi Blues Trail – MDA Tourism
P.O. Box 849, Jackson, MS 39205
Phone: (601) 359-3449

Along the Mississippi Blues Trail, the impressive B.B. King Museum in Indianola, MS is a shrine for blues lovers. The museum guides you through King’s remarkable career, from poor sharecropper, to WDIA disc jockey, to hard-working hitmaker and international star. Playing professionally since the 1940s, he still makes bending the notes on Lucille look so effortless.

B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center
400 Second Street, Indianola, MS 38751

2014 Blues Music Awards

001-Blues-Music-AwardsPresented by the Blues Foundation, the annual Blues Music Awards are held Thursday, May 8th at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis. Now in its 35th year, the awards showcase the best in blues and a who’s who of artist will be in town to celebrate the music and take home some hardware.

This year, legends like Charlie Musselwhite, Lurrie Bell, Buddy Guy, and James Cotton will be attending but here is a full list of deserving nominees:

If you are in Memphis (lucky you!), you can buy tickets for the evening’s event here:

The Blues Foundation


If you can’t be there in person, Sirius XM’s B.B. King’s Bluesville radio show is covering the evening’s events.  They are sending  hosts Tony Colter and Big Llou to provide colorful coverage, interviews, and live performances during the ceremony.